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Ti­ra­dia (16-1), Fly­ing Ea­gle (2-1) and Skilled (11-8) from Jeremy Grayson’s last summer se­lec­tion have recorded next-time suc­cesses – here are some more sug­ges­tions taken to fol­low suit

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Jeremy Grayson fol­lows up a prof­itable month with more tips

BAN­GOR-ON-DEE, AU­GUST 16 (GOOD) 2m145yds Maiden Hur­dle (class 5)

An un­usu­ally deep maiden hur­dle for a mi­nor mid-Au­gust evening card should pro­duce fu­ture win­ners from among the beaten run­ners, and de­spite re­gress­ing badly for pre­vi­ous con­nec­tions dur­ing 2017 that com­ment now ap­plies with re­newed con­fi­dence to OS­CAR’S SONG, a stay­ing-on 4l third (and nearly sec­ond) on her de­but for Dan Skel­ton. This six-yearold from an im­me­di­ate fam­ily full of scor­ers in France and Ire­land in both codes, notably one-time RSA Chase sec­ond Lyreen Leg­end, reaf­firmed an ear­lier im­pres­sion given that her fu­ture lies over nearer to 2m4f than this min­i­mum trip, and the re­moval of the tongue tie ap­plied in vain when pre­vi­ously seen only nine­teen days pre­vi­ously proved no bar to a sus­tained ef­fort. There didn’t ap­pear to be any is­sues with her han­dling this sound­est sur­face tried to date ei­ther, which should help in­crease op­tions.

3m30yds 0-110 Hand­i­cap Chase (class 4)

The suc­cess in this con­test of Gary Han­mer’s PACKETTOTHERAFTERS, a horse just 2-18 and fre­quently well held in points be­fore switch­ing un­der Rules this spring,will give fur­ther fuel to the (not en­tirely un­founded) claims of some Bri­tish point fans that it’s of­ten harder to win a mod­est race be­tween the flags nowa­days than it is a mid- to low-grade hand­i­cap chase. This ex­am­ple, how­ever, was well stocked for the class, so whilst the Craig­steel geld­ing ad­mit­tedly cap­i­talised on a very work­able mark his achieve­ment in vic­tory does carry some sub­stance. The point­ing track here at Ban­gor had pro­vided the eight-year-old with one of those prior vic­to­ries, and the equally sharp Cheshire venue of Tab­ley the other, leav­ing no am­bi­gu­ity as to what sort of cour­ses he’d be best kept to in a bid to fol­low up this lat­est suc­cess.Soft and good ground both ap­pear to suit.

FONTWELL, AU­GUST 17 (GOOD TO FIRM, GOOD IN PLACES) 2m1f162yds 0-100 Hand­i­cap Hur­dle (class 5)

It has been es­tab­lished in five years of cam­paign­ing that HER­MOSA VA­QUERA is noth­ing out of the or­di­nary on the Flat or over hur­dles,and a cur­rent hur­dling mark of 100 sits 12lb above any she’s suc­cess­fully de­fied over jumps. That lat­ter fact might no longer have ap­plied with­out a tardy leap at the fi­nal flight here,how­ever, as it threw Gary Moore’s mare just enough off kil­ter to con­demn her to a half-length de­feat de­spite a re­newed late ef­fort.

A small rise in class will be nec­es­sary if her mark is upped even a pound for this, but she may yet prove ca­pa­ble of cop­ing with that on this show­ing,and a re­cent soft­ground 11.5f suc­cess on the Flat ad­di­tion­ally sug­gests that this daugh­ter of High Cha­parral can be ap­proached with more con­fi­dence re­gard­less of the pre­vail­ing un­der­foot con­di­tions.

2m1f165yds 0-100 Hand­i­cap Chase (class 5)

HOUSEPARTY’s stamina for the full 3m trip of most point-to-points hasn’t al­ways lasted out,not­with­stand­ing a very nar­row failure to make all around the stay­ers’ track of High Easter as re­cently as April. Nev­er­the­less, the In­vin­ci­ble Spirit nineyear-old clearly has enough stay­ing power in re­serve to with­stand an as­sertive ride at a sub-2m4f dis­tance un­der Rules, and sec­ond place in the first-time tonguetie here un­der reg­u­lar pi­lot Tabitha Wors­ley counts as his most af­fir­ma­tive form state­ment since land­ing a near-iden­ti­cal con­test off 4lb higher for the same rider in May 2015. Newly in­stalled by owner (and his point­ing han­dler Ge­orgina How­ell) with Nick Gif­ford, he re­mains at the right end of the weights to pick up one of the con­sid­er­able num­ber of low-grade short hand­i­cap chases at one of the Sus­sex venues be­fore any re­turn be­tween the flags is con­sid­ered.

2m1f162yds Novices’ Hur­dle (class 4)

That IBALLISTICVIN’s four Flat vic­to­ries had been gained around Brighton (twice), Ling­field and Kemp­ton sug­gested that this com­pa­ra­bly sharp track was just the right one for him on this switch to hur­dles,but a re­ally slug­gish pace played right out of the hands of one with wins at up to 1m4f on the level and form at up to 1.5f fur­ther still. The vis­ual im­pres­sion for much of the way round was a good one, how­ever, and as­sum­ing the mis­takes at the fi­nal cou­ple

of flights which ex­ag­ger­ated the even­tual mar­gin of de­feat it shouldn’t be be­yond the gift of Gary Moore to find his Rail Link four-year-old an or­di­nary novice con­test in the south-east this com­ing au­tumn. Other than heavy, on which he re­mains un­tried, all go­ing types ap­pear to come alike.

PERTH, JULY 19 (SOFT) 2m4f35yds 0-125 Hand­i­cap Hur­dle (class 3)

Although out of a French 11f win­ner, any­thing which AHEAD OF THE CURVE achieves over hur­dles is prob­a­bly a bonus ahead of a chas­ing vo­ca­tion, and not for the first time this Ir­ish point win­ner didn’t ex­hibit the most pol­ished of tech­niques over the flights de­spite the de­ploy­ment of cheek­pieces to help him con­cen­trate.In his de­fence the switch to a sharper track over what’s al­ready a bor­der­line too-short trip prob­a­bly caused the ob­sta­cles to come at him quicker than ap­pre­ci­ated on this oc­ca­sion,and when all is said and done the Ballingarry five-yearold still found a way to over­come his short­com­ings and post a de­ci­sive 5l suc­cess that could eas­ily have been dou­ble that with a clearer round. Su­san Cor­bett’s five-year-old has al­ready made up into a well above-av­er­age per­former for the time of year in the few months she’s had him, and what­ever rise could re­sult from this lat­est suc­cess may prove in­suf­fi­cient to pre­vent a fol­low-up should that be bid for back around some­thing like the 2m6f of his ear­lier Ut­tox­eter vic­tory, if not fur­ther still.

SOUTHWELL, JULY 20 (GOOD) 1m7f153yds Novices’ Chase (class 4)

Chas­ing is cer­tain to be STEAL­ING MIX’s game in the long run, con­sid­er­ing a lin­eage which in­cludes the pro­lific pair of Red Ark and Rhythm King to name but two.The fences have tended to get in the way a bit on both novice chase starts this summer, how­ever,al­beit the strong frac­tions set by the thriv­ing Az­zuri may have goaded Neil Mul­hol­land’s seven-year-old into at least some of his er­rors on this oc­ca­sion. It’s also pos­si­ble that the sharp 2m-2m1f of this start and the one at Stratford which pre­ceded it just don’t suit him as well as equiv­a­lent tests around longer tracks, a the­ory per­haps given fur­ther cre­dence by his Ex­eter hur­dles suc­cess ear­lier in the year,and the son of Fair Mix re­mains of enough in­ter­est to war­rant another look­ing at around a more con­ducive cir­cuit next time. At the very least, this 11l sec­ond ought not to have done his mark ter­mi­nal dam­age should a switch to novice hand­i­caps be un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

2m4f62yds Hand­i­cap Chase (class 2)

The abrupt ces­sa­tion of San­dra Hughes’s train­ing ca­reer ear­lier this summer will have thrown the plans of some of her own­ers to the four winds,but the de­ci­sion of the Bish­op­gate Syn­di­cate to re­tain ART OF PAY­ROLL in­stead and switch him to Harry Fry’s Dorset op­er­a­tion was im­me­di­ately vin­di­cated with vic­tory in Southwell’s best jumps con­test of the sea­son. Idling on the run-in rather than com­ing to the end of his tether, it’s likely the Shi­rocco geld­ing would al­ways have had enough in re­serve to hold near­est ri­val Ham­mer­sly Lake (rated 10lb his su­pe­rior) even with­out the rider on that one los­ing his stick. The eight-year-old’s mark should al­ready be high enough to guar­an­tee him a start­ing berth in any of the raft of qual­ity 2m4f-2m5f Chel­tenham hand­i­caps which seem the most ob­vi­ous tar­gets for him fol­low­ing this,espe­cially as more gal­lop­ing cour­ses than Southwell hold no ter­ror. Equally, how­ever, there is enough ev­i­dence on his CV to sug­gest he could ply his trade suc­cess­fully back down at sub-2m4f trips should an au­tumn of soft ground arise.

1m7f153yds 0-115 Hand­i­cap Hur­dle (class 4)

CHILLY MISS’s 2016-17 cam­paign lasted the grand to­tal of three races within a 27day pe­riod, and com­prised a come­back run that ap­peared badly needed fol­lowed by two starts around the un­suit­ably gal­lop­ing con­tours of Hex­ham.It’s not hard to con­clude that there’s a lot of lost time and op­por­tu­nity to be made up for,then,and a 7lb drop to a ca­reer-low mark gives Mal­colm Jef­fer­son’s Ice­man mare ev­ery chance of do­ing so this au­tumn should she stand more rig­or­ous cam­paign­ing again.A near-6l fourth on this re­turn run might have been bet­ter still had she been harder rid­den in a lost cause from the last, and that kind­ness could be re­paid in spades next time out as­sum­ing a 2m-2m1f good-ground event of com­pa­ra­ble class with a good pace to come off can be sourced. Three times a win­ner in maresonly com­pany, her case would sim­ply strengthen fur­ther were she pitched in against just her own sex again.

Houseparty (yel­low)

Her­mosa Va­quera (left)

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